Hi. I've been using swivel handle T-bars for decades, and I much prefer them to fixed handle T-bars (they many advantages over fixed handle T-bars). And I've owned several brands over the years (Pulex, Ettore, Sorbo etc) and the one's I like the best, are the ones that have the water retention slots (cavities that hold water inside sleeve).
Which brings me to my point. The slow and mysterious disappearance of the Swivel Handle T-Bars (with Water Retention Slots) off the market.
Where have they gone? Why aren't they being sold anymore? Whose stocking them?
I've noticed that they are still making FIXED handle T-bars with the water retention slots, so why, and where are the SWIVEL HANDLE ones?
Are they extinct? Or just an endangered species?
Moerman swivel handle T-bars with retention slots (to my present knowledge) are the only ones that I can find for sale.
But Moerman's present reputation (note: "present" = they may improve with time) for gear breaking (durability and product quality issues) = not good IMO! So, I'm hesitant to fork out my money for something that may break fairly quickly (if standard Liquidator handles are anything to go by).
ABC window cleaning supplies in the US were (note: "were" past tense) selling Triple Crown Swivel Handle T-Bars that had (what looked like) good water retention slots built into the T-Bar plastic (I haven't owned one yet).
The other advantage to these retention slots are, they help to hold the T-Bar Sleeve in place better on the glass while scrubbing (reduces sleeve moving and slopping around on the bar) and therefore makes for more efficient scrubbing, and dirt removal etc while cleaning.
So what's going on? Is there a conspiracy? Or are there still some rare retailers (a little help here please = I wanna find them) who sell them?
Two probable reasons why they might not be making/manufacturing or selling them anymore:
- The simple round aluminum cross bar is easier to manufacture.
- (Directly related to 1) The simple round aluminum cross bar is easier to manufacture, therefore, cheaper to manufacture for the manufacturer, therefore more money (profitable) for the manufacturer etc etc.
But I say we're missing out. It's a good piece of kit. My Ettore Super System swivel handle T-bar with slots lasted at least 13 years, and numerous falls from 2-3 stories up etc. I want another one with the water retention slots, or a similar brand/make to replace my trusty old side kick. In my country most of the good gear is not being sold, so I normally buy online from overseas = sad!
SPARKLE WINDOW CLEANING
Christchurch, New Zealand.